Wozniacki not racist, just rude

2012-12-14 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Caroline Wozniacki’s imitation of Serena Williams was not racist — just rude, disrespectful and lacking class, according to a majority of Sport24 readers.

Former world number one Wozniacki was accused of racism after stuffing her top and skirt with towels to impersonate fellow tennis player Serena Williams during a match in Brazil.

Wozniacki, who is currently dating world number-one golfer Rory McIlroy, has attracted stern criticism on social media for impersonating the 15-time Grand Slam champion, who is also her friend.

Here’s what Sport24 readers had to say about Wozniacki’s actions:

“How many jokes were made about the ‘man’ Navratilova, or that loud-mouthed ‘pain in the neck’ Seles?” — Werner.Coetzer

“Ask Williams if she is offended.” — Flemstone

“Of course it was racist, because whenever you make fun of a black person, it’s racism. It clearly had nothing to do with the fact that Serena Williams has a big butt and boobs.” — sheamus.drager

“Can someone only poke fun at someone for the fact that they are built like a tank, but if they are black it’s not cool. Navratilova copped years of abuse, for Pete’s sake.” — JimmyNZ

“This is not racist. They don’t call Serena Williams ‘megatron’ for nothing.” — ross.paitaki

“Mockery of a fellow player and in that manner was certainly in poor taste and speaks volumes of this girl’s shallow character.” — BobCee123

“Playing style, quirks and mannerisms are one thing and can be quite funny if imitated jokingly, but physical characteristics are somewhat across the line, in my opinion.” — BC123

“This girl is one of the most stupid of the current tennis players.”

— Mathaithai

“Wozniacki always gets murdered by Serena on the courts and now she resorts to making fun of her. She has no class.” — unclejb.van siths

“Is it racist or merely an observation?” — Georgina Brand

“Wozniacki is a known prankster. It’s not like Williams has been singled out by her.” — david.s.duncan

“Taking history into consideration, one must find this at least inappropriate.” — kamohelo. lichaba

“This has nothing to do with race, but every­thing to do with being disrespectful to another player. That’s what bitterness is when you are not even second best.” — Nomzita

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